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As sectors continue to seek out skilled female employees, more and more Saudi women are encouraged to integrate the workforce. According to Arab News, the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON) recorded an increase in 120% of Saudi women working in industries totaling 17,000 female workers by the end of March this year.
This giant leap demonstrates the progress made towards women empowerment in the Kingdom's workforce and Saudization. MODON remodeled its programs and vacancies to attract more Saudi women to join and industrial oases are an example.
“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON told Arab News.
In the coming year, MODON will launch small prefabricated factories fostering the perfect environment for Saudi women to invest in industrial Dammam. “MODON continues to empower women both as an employee and as an investor by creating a model environment in partnership with the public and private sectors,” he added.
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“MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance," Al-Salem told to Arab News.
The aim is to rise up local talent and maximize the role of women in industrial development under the realm of the national Vision 2030. “MODON succeeded in increasing the number of Saudi women in industrial cities, reaching 17,000 female employees by the end of the first quarter of 2020, compared to 7,860 by the end of 2018,” he added.